How Music Can Affect Us

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Beautiful landscape as well as music can affect our minds.

One of the background factors behind my startup is the fact that I do believe in positive effect of music – on many things. One of my favorite areas is how it affects elder people, especially elder people with memory issues.

Let me share a story about my fathers last trip home.

Back in the days of the original innovation of Mubik I paid a visit to the Kuopio region to bring my father home. Something extraordinary happened during this visit that I want to share with you.

My father had got a serious illness called LBD – Lewy Body Dementia, from which he suffered the last 10 years of his life. The illness had taken away his ability to express himself verbally, but he could smile vaguely once in a while to indicate positive feedback.

I had spent quite a bit of energy to engage his mentality. I had tried to bring audio books, video cassettes, CD-records etc. but none of them seemed to have a positive impact on him. When he was younger he loved going to the sauna and therefore I had a habit to go to sauna with him once per week when I visited his nursing home at in eastern Helsinki.

Now, in the summer of 2004 I decided to take him back to his childhood environment where some of his siblings still lived. Even though the visit went well in many ways, no major breakthrough occurred. This all changed as we went to visit my uncle at Siilinjärvi near Kuopio. After a coffee break my uncle suddenly started to sing an old melody that wasn’t familiar to me. Then something happened, my father started to sing the same melody together with him and I could see the blink in his eye and a happy smile on his face. I witnessed a miracle of the magical effect of music!

This is one of the meaningful moments behind my startup, I will share more with you later on!